Change bad habits, protect the earth, help others, pope says in new book

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite the disappointing outcome of the COP26 summit on climate change, Pope Francis said he knows it is not too late for humanity to act to combat environment destruction and increasing poverty.

The ecological crisis, the social crisis of poverty and exclusion and the health care crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic are calling out "for us to change gear, to change bad habits in order to be able to dream, co-create, and act together to realize just and equitable futures," the pope wrote in the preface to the "Laudato Si' Reader."

The book, available in print and as a free e-book from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, includes the preface from Pope Francis, a message from António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, and reflections by dozens of people involved in Catholic environmental, peace or charitable agencies, ambassadors, scientists, academics, young people, farmers and Indigenous people.

The reader, published Nov. 23, comes just over six years after the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."